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Brewed by Fyne Ales
Style: Stout
Cairndow, Argyll, Scotland


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
A mellow zesty stout.
So it’s pretty freezing outside and the weather isn’t showing many signs of warming up, so must be stout time! This is the first new beer this year, there are many more to come, and it was brewed by Gordon who is the newest member of our brewing team.
This new seasonal beer was brewed in our small brew-house, where our creativity can run riot now our shiny new 40 barrel brewery is up-and-running­. Clachan Dubh (Gaelic for dark village) is a mellow, easy drinking stout with spicy hop flavour and zesty aromatic edge.
In addition to our house base malt – low colour Maris Otter – we’ve added a decent quantity of Munich malt for extra malt complexity and dark crystal (240). No stout is complete without some roast character, which comes from Chocolate malt, Roasted Barley and some Brown malt to give its distinct bread-crust flavour and characteristic dryness in the finish. Oat malt and Flaked Barley give the beer a silky mouth feel and extra body.
Our burgeoning hop selection presented ample options for a classic stout. The final selection was transatlantic in nature. Pioneer (UK) was selected exclusively for bittering due to its mild mannered nature with a proportion added at first wort. Aroma hops: Mount Hood (US), for its herbal spiciness; Bramling Cross (UK) for its berry like flavour and spiciness; and judicious use of Bullion (US) for a zesty aromatic edge.
Our water supply, which runs off the glen above our breweries (how good is that – free water!), is very, very soft. The mineral content is virtually non-existent. This is brilliant for brewing pale ales but is a bit of a challenge for brewing dark beers. Gordon dabbled with our water treatment to shift the flavour emphasis toward a mellower roasted-malt flavour.

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niquillis (2752) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2015
Cask at Moo Bar, Penrith. Pours black brown with tan head. Nice creamy, hoppy session stout. Good stuff.

allmyvinyl (11398) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 20, 2015
Cask at the hanging bat. Pours clear dark brown with a thin off-white head. Aromas of chocolate, not much else. Taste is chocolate and light coffee. Sweet finish.

Stuu666 (15790) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 20, 2015
Cask at the hanging bat. Pours black, nose is milk chocolate, light roast, taste is dry, bitter, roasted.

Scopey (16777) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2015
Cask at Six Deg North. It pours at Six Deg North Aberdeen. It pours black with decent foamy beige head. The nose is chocolate, earthy roast, cocoa and leather, coffee grounds. The taste is smooth, bitter, roasty malts, coffee grounds, earth, mild acidity, pepper, cocoa, burnt toast and citrus zest with a dry, toasty finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. A bit lacklustre if true be told. Ok, but sub par from Fyne ales.

MalcolmTucker (924) - SCOTLAND - FEB 28, 2015
Cask at cloisters. the traditional stout elements are there - chocolate, roast and a little wood - but there’s a unusual citrus element. It’s all a bit incoherent.

cgarvieuk (26717) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2015 4.2abv Cask at cloisters bar.. Deep red black... Thin tan lacing... Soft zezty fruits.. Light lemon nose... Dry chocolate roast.. Light dry lemon... Soft chocolate cask at bat blind ... deep red ... dark roast .. soft chocolate ... fruit berries nose ... soft otffee fruits .. long soft berries ... sweet fruits .. sofrt mellow malts.3.7

JohnRMurdoch (5256) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 24, 2015
Cask @ The State Bar. Very dark brown with a reddish hue. Coffee chocolate aroma. Spicy grassy chocolate flavour. Sharp with bitter spicy aftertaste. Unusual but not great.

McNeillR (2338) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 23, 2015
Dark ruby, rigid glint and a lovely opposite sipping light tan lacing from a solid thin head. Lean toffee and plain glacier sweet nose with a rustle of roast a bit later. Soft berries off the branch later. Initial taste is brisk shaved wood, lemon zest and dusty vinyl. Bruttish bitterness, both from a brassy malt and swooping gooseberry zest. Clean and creamy mouthfeel with a scratch back of earthy citrus and a peppery lemon juice linger. Pretty firm consideration for the ABV.

Cask, The State, Glesga

mr_h (6219) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - FEB 22, 2015
Cask by hand-pump at The Laurieston, Glasgow (21 Feb 2015) - roasted malty aroma with a hint of chocolate, thin beige head, some lacing, malt dominated flavour with a bit of chocolate and some fruit, easy to drink

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